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Q
. Did the PS games come with anything else?
A. NOA supplied a warranty card with the games. Again, it is not certain if these came with all of the games and at what point they were given to the customer. If you think logically, a warranty is normally given out by the shop that you purchase the goods from (although it is common for warranties to be in boxed goods as well), so my guess is that the shops provided the warranty cards. Another thing is that they do not fit into the Widescreen games!

So, either they didn't come with the Widescreens, got given out at the shops, or got given out at the shops for the Widescreens and put in the boxes of the others (confused - I am!).

One other point, these Warranty cards came with other NOA releases, so it was a NOA thing, rather than a Pocketsize thing!

Three versions are pictured here.

A B

 


C


A = All in one Warranty Card, included Warranty, Registration Card and Questionnaire.
B = Registration Card and Questionnaire Only.
C = Warranty Card Only


A had a tear off slip that you sent back to NOA and you kept the rest.
B+C came together and you kept C and completed B and sent it back to NOA.

Q
. How about the contents, were they the same?
A. Yes, except for the box, leaflet and warranty card, everything else was the same as the regular versions.

Q. I'm sure I've see a different Donkey Kong PS to the one in your list, is there another?
A. Yes, there was another edition before the one you see in the list above. The other one did not have the Pocketsize logo on the front or a picture of the game on the right hand side as the subsequent PS releases did (excluding the 5 releases after 1986, which just had the logo). Different views are held as to why there are two PS versions of Donkey Kong. One is that the card on the first one was not very strong and the ink on the box came off easily. One could be that they just didn't like the design and settled on the 2nd version to follow through with the rest of the series.

Oddly the 2nd version (in the above list) is a lot rarer than the other version and is rarely seen on eBay. Maybe due to the fact that when they changed the design, other games were coming out, so they only did a small run of DK in the new box? Maybe they tested the market with the new box and it was a hit so they stayed with it. Any more ideas? !!!!!! :)

Here is a picture!

Nice!

Q. So what happened to NOA, did they go bust or did they just stop producing games?
A. At the end 1985 it is believed NOA stopped production of the PS boxes. At the same time that production stopped, NOA gave a company called Nelsonic rights to distribute their exsiting games. NOA continued to produce other games but no longer in the fabled PS box!

In 1986 NOA released the additional 5 PS games in the new style boxes.

Q. Were there any other games ever produced that had such colourful boxes?
A. Yes (praise the lord!). NOA stuck to the artwork theme on some other GAME & WATCH releases, but not all.

The Super Color series was given a facelift and once again we were shown what can be done with a bit of creativity!!! Here are the pictures.

Crab Grab
Spitball Sparky Crab Grab


Q
. So what were these games called?
A. They didn't have a name, but they are commonly referred to as NOA. Although this is inaccurate as NOA was the company and they did produce standard games. But if you ever hear someone ask, is it a NOA version, they mean the above type of box.

Q. Was that it or was there more?
A. Oh yes! The final series to get the 'treatment' was the Micro VS system. A totally boring set of games and standard boxes (as were the Super Color actually!). However, NOA pimped my GAME & WATCH in 1985 and produced an alternative to Boxing and called it Punch Out! For many years it was thought that only Boxing had been given the facelift from the Micro VS series.

But then a never seen before version of DK Hockey was discovered!! So that's 2 out of 3 Micro VS games found. I'm no Einstein, but I'm not the only one that now thinks that there is a NOA pimped DK III Micro Vs out there somewhere!

Update December 25th 2010: Finally a Donkey Kong 3 from the Micro vs. System Series has been discovered. This means, all three games from this series exist as Pocketsize!

Here they are....


Punch Out!! (vorher Boxing)
Donkey Kong Hockey
Pocketsize Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong 3


No other games were produced in this style as far as we know.

Q. So are NOA more collectable than Pocketsize?
A. Another tough question. Each to his own really, but in my opinion if you collect PS, then NOA is a natural follow on, as they were created by the same company and in the same vein. Some collectors group all PS and NOA together, where others separate them as PS and NOA. A lot of people concentrate on PS due to there being more games to collect. Also getting all of the NOA verisons is nigh on impossible!!

As for rarity, the NOA versions are right up there with Pocketsize and in DK Hockey you probably have the rarest game of all!

Whatever you think, the Pocketsize and NOA releases were a great addition to the already great GAME & WATCH series and are very beautiful things. They are very rare to find full stop, in any condition, let alone c10! They will always be held in high regard and desired by many and will, I guess, always demand the highest premiums of all the GAME & WATCH releases.

Q. Is there anything I have missed?
A. Probably, but then that's where you come in! If you have anything that you think should be added, then let me know. I will be adding bits and pieces as we go, for example I will produce a rarity chart (open to debate of course!) shortly.

I hope that this Q&A has been of some help to you and has given you an insight into what makes PS/NOA so special.

Good luck collecting and look out for that Chef!!!

Special thanks to Torsten Lindh who allowed the use of some of the photographs in this FAQ (his homepage). And to And to Andy Cole for the use of his PS Chef design (his homepage).

 


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